Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rewards of the Journey

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Scaling a mountain begins with a small step and ends with a great accomplishment. Sometimes the target at the end can seem so far away that we neglect the milestones, which make the journey worthwhile. To help keep you and your students fresh and excited, make sure to celebrate the "footholds" along the way. Each step, no matter how painful or stressful, brings your classroom a little closer to your goals.

It's the week after our January 2010 Academy, and it's clear we are really reaching the peak. You can especially see this in the Spring-Start educators' fantastic game demos. Their game ideas, presentations, and Flash skills represent less a small step, than a giant leap!

Another accomplishment is the community we have established. We look to each other for encouragement, advice and collaboration. From mentors to mentees, educator peers to educator peers, teachers to students, students to one another and the Foundation staff to us all, the Globaloria community is truly a united support system.

Transferring this ethic of support to my classroom is my goal-- and just as challenging as it can be to really hone my abilities with the Globaloria program and platform, I am gratified that my students are taking their own small steps forward right beside me. Together, our achievements (be they footholds or peaks) offer deep and lasting rewards.

Never forget: the hard-earned steps of your journey are as important as the destination.

Until next time, the soap box is yours.

1 comment:

Dionne said...

Hi Bill,

Thank you for your encouragement and words of wisdom! As I read this post, I was reminded of Jim's thoughts on motivation. As educators, we are to lead by example, and when our students see our excitement about this program and our dedication to being life long learners, it helps to provide energy for the journey. (Or, is it create energy? -- I'll have to ask my favorite science teacher!)

I will follow your lead and make a conscious effort to maintain the ethic of support and community of collaboration and encouragement, all the while celebrating the footholds and peaks!

journeying with you,

Jim's thoughts on motivation can be found @ http://jimallder.blogspot.com/2010/01/keep-faith-your-globaloria-goals-can-be.html